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Is There Intelligent Life on Earth? Hardcover – Jul 1980


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Lidiraven Books (July 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936162295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936162294
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,801,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PsychoPigeon on 3 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
Is There Intelligent Life On Earth? is an introduction into the thinking behind behavioral science. It was written with novices in mind but is an entertaining read even if well educated on the subject. Jack Catran is a very straight talking man, doesn't sugarcoat his words and he also doesn't use 10 words to explain his point when he can use 5, unlike some books which can drag on this certainly doesn't happen with his book. He tears apart any romantic notions about man being divine or superior in someway over the universe and instead goes into why we are a part of the universe.

Jack touches on many points; the fallacies of what he calls 'phILOSohpers' (Intelligent Life in Outer Space) taking a jab at Sagan and other people who theorize what Alien civilizations will be like pointing out the mistake they're all making by projecting human characteristics into these civilizations, and assuming they will be like us in one form or another, whilst at the same time we have huge problems here on Earth. This is also similar to what happens in religion, with Gods having human characteristics.

Another point of the book is to discuss the money system and the effects this has on human behavior. "To a scientist, our money system should appear absurd, and yet nowhere on this planet is there a technologically-controlled system of production and distribution. The dignity of human labor is of no concern to the advance of technology. It will change our values radically because it treats man as a collective social animal and an energy-consuming machine, not as the legal, ethical, or spiritual concept that was conceived during aeons of human sweat and toil." Reads on the back of the book.
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This is a must read for every human being 4 May 2013
By PsychoPigeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Is There Intelligent Life On Earth? is an introduction into the thinking behind behavioral science. It was written with novices in mind but is an entertaining read even if well educated on the subject. Jack Catran is a very straight talking man, doesn't sugarcoat his words and he also doesn't use 10 words to explain his point when he can use 5, unlike some books which can drag on this certainly doesn't happen with his book. He tears apart any romantic notions about man being divine or superior in someway over the universe and instead goes into why we are a part of the universe.

Jack touches on many points; the fallacies of what he calls 'phILOSohpers' (Intelligent Life in Outer Space) taking a jab at Sagan and other people who theorize what Alien civilizations will be like pointing out the mistake they're all making by projecting human characteristics into these civilizations, and assuming they will be like us in one form or another, whilst at the same time we have huge problems here on Earth. This is also similar to what happens in religion, with Gods having human characteristics.

Another point of the book is to discuss the money system and the effects this has on human behavior. "To a scientist, our money system should appear absurd, and yet nowhere on this planet is there a technologically-controlled system of production and distribution. The dignity of human labor is of no concern to the advance of technology. It will change our values radically because it treats man as a collective social animal and an energy-consuming machine, not as the legal, ethical, or spiritual concept that was conceived during aeons of human sweat and toil." Reads on the back of the book. Several times Jack points out his concerns about automation of industry, what will happen to the people who will remain permanently unemployed? There is no plan of action.

Many other details in the book, it would take me too long to cover, this is a must buy if you can find it. Books like this should never go out of print.
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